Terry Rozier doesn't regret shot selection in Game 7 vs. Cavs

Terry Rozier doesn't regret shot selection in Game 7 vs. Cavs

Jackson, who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association before coaching the Golden State Warriors for three seasons, called Irving out for not sitting on his team's bench during Game 7 of the conference finals against the Cavaliers.

Given how poorly the Cavaliers had played in the three previous games in Boston, if the Celtics could have stretched their edge just a little further, the Cavs' self doubt that surfaced in Games 1,2 and 5 might have pushed the game out of reach. Just as LeBron lost his first Finals to the Spurs in 2007, or Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden fell to James' Heat five years later, future champions don't usually get it right on the first try.

LeBron James was dominant as ever in Game 6, going off for a series-high 46 points and narrowly missing his second triple-double of the series.

But ultimately Boston's bad 3-point shooting (7-of-39) and 29-percent second-half shooting did the team in. They barely survived a seven-game series in the first round against the Indiana Pacers, winning four games by a combined 14 points. James almost had a near-triple-double in the road elimination game with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.

The Cavs await the victor of Monday night's Western Conference Game 7 between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. The Rockets host a deciding game seven of the Western Conference finals on Monday night. "I think the unfortunate events of the injuries that they've had have allowed him to, I believe, get better faster than I believe they expected here. The fact that he can put on a uniform every day and do the things that he does out on the floor", James said. "I'm the leader of this team, and I'm going to give what I've got", he said.

Statistically, this wasn't even James' best game of the series, but he did it in a hostile environment, in a do-or-die game, without taking any breaks, against a team that was trying to "make him exert as much energy as humanly possible", in the words of Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "Does it at this level, with the pressure, with the scrutiny. This (Boston) team was undefeated in the postseason at home, and for us to be able to do this, and for me to be able to lead these guys, it's a treat".

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Jeff Green had 19 points and eight rebounds, JR Smith scored 12 points and Tristan Thompson had 10 points and nine boards for the Cavaliers. Korver said. "But we got 23 on our side".

Next year, barring any offseason moves, the Celtics will trot out a lineup of Irving, Hayward, Tatum, Brown and Horford, with Rozier, Marcus Morris, Daniel Theis and should he re-sign in the offseason, Marcus Smart coming off the bench.

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